LONDON (AP) — A reworking of Homer’s “Iliad” by British poet Alice Oswald has won the Warwick Prize for Writing, an eclectic literary award open to English-language works in any genre and from any country.
Oswald’s “Memorial” was named winner of the 25,000 pound ($40,000) prize on Tuesday. The poem reimagines the Trojan War saga, focusing on the scores of dead soldiers mentioned in Homer’s epic.
Oswald said she was “very surprised and grateful, both to the judges and to Homer.”
The award was established in 2009 to explore “what literature is, and what new shapes and forms it might be taking.” It is handed out every two years by England’s University of Warwick.
Previous winners are Naomi Klein’s political treatise “The Shock Doctrine” and Peter Forbes’ history of camouflage “Dazzled and Deceived.”